Review: Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper & What I Was Doing When I Was 20 (A.k.a. Presenting Your MLB Rookies of the Year!)

Junk Food Nation, yesterday evening Major League Baseball announced that Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the National and American League Rookie of the Year Awards.  Bryce Harper is MLB’s current youngest player in the entire league.  Mike Trout was 20 when he got called up, and has the chance to be the first since Ichiro to win the MVP and ROY awards in the same year.

As of today, right now, Trout is 21 and Harper is 20.  Let’s do a side by side comparison:

Trout hit .326, second best in the majors, at age 20.

I hit a guardrail taking a slippery ramp during a drive from home to college when I was 20.

Harper hit 22 home runs as a teenager as a major league baseball player.

I hit my cafeteria repeatedly for servings of Red Baron Deep Dish pizza.

Trout earned $10,000 in bonus cash for winning Rookie of the Year.

I spent most of Year 20 trying to figure out when my foreign language requirement would be fulfilled.

Harper is widely regarded as a big piece of the future of the Washington Nationals.

When I was 20, I was just hoping my future contained (1) a car, (2) a girl, and (3) a job.  Somewhere. With money as compensation.

So yeah…what Bryce Harper and Mike Trout have done is simply sensational.  Buster Olney tweeted they could be baseball’s Bird/Magic…and I agree, they could.  Two young stars that could be the best players in their respective leagues for the next decade?  Sounds familiar.

I dunno – what were YOU doing when you were 20? (For some of you, who aren’t yet 20, I realize I am old. Shush.)

Today’s junk food: Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper!

Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper: The Money Shot

Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper was purchased at Wegmans, my favorite grocery store ever. This is actually one of those oldies but goodies – I feel like I mus have purchased this MONTHS ago, and I only recently found it behind some cans of corn in my cabinet. Gross? I don’t think so – hadn’t expired yet!

Toasted Marshmallow jelly beans – woo!

Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper presumably tastes like toasted marshmallow Jelly Belly jellybeans or make you ice cream taste like it.  I’ve reviewed one dessert topper before, with mixed results.

High calorie and full of sugar!

Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper contains tons of chemicals…and then at the end there is some “light brown sugar.” I guess a spoonful of sugar does make the medicine go down.


I needed to get some ice cream to have with this Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper, so I bought some generic vanilla ice cream.  Actually, it was Ole Vanilla ice cream, which, according to the Latina Junk Food Gal, makes no sense whatsoever.  Ole!

Super runny

One thing that struck me about this Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper was how RUNNY it was.  For some reason, I expected the sauce to be a LITTLE more viscous – like a honey.  But this was more watery, about the same consistency of maple syrup.  The dessert topper SMELLED like burnt sugar. The color of the syrup was unappetizing to say the least.  Turkey gravy, anyone?

Runny runny runny

This Jelly Belly Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Topper had a hard time adhering to the ice cream, it was so runny.  Still, I ate several spoonfuls, and concluded – decent, but not great.

Did it taste like toasted marshmallow? Sort of…I did get a marshmallow sweetness to the syrup, but the “toasted” part of it manifested itself more like a burnt caramel flavor.  Maybe that’s what toasted marshmallows taste like! All I know is when I took my first bite, it tasted like caramel, then slowly I got the marshmallow flavor, and then the two mixed, it tasted sweet, and I was left thinking, “Is that it?”

I don’t know what I was looking for, per se, but some more of that burnt-taste (like you get with the outside of the marshmallow) would’ve been nice.  Still, I guess Jelly Belly was just trying to make it taste like their Toasted Marshmallow jellybeans…so in that respect, maybe they were successful.


COST: $1.89

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Discuss - 8 Comments

  1. Albany Dana says:

    I guess it had to be runny with water the first ingredient and syrup the second. That last picture totally looks like mashed potatoes with gravy.

  2. This is when we know the nation is getting too fat. Dessert topper? Sugar syrup that tastes like candy to put on top of fatty sugary ice cream? Why is this necessary?!?!

    And if it doesn’t harden like Magic Shell, then what’s the point? :S

  3. Elisa says:

    I think I’ve seen these in stores too. Never had them. There are dessert toppers at FroYo but they use a different brand.

  4. Nick Rovo says:

    I just turned 20 last month but so far I’ve experience my first car accident if that counts for anything.

    Am I the only one disturbed by meta-meta food. First jelly beans are trying to replicate the flavor of marshmallows. Now they’re trying to replicate the flavor of their jelly beans which in turn is trying to replicate the flavor of marshmallows now in syrup form. My stomach just got uneasy typing that.

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